Rank 'Em: College Football Upsets

Created: September 1, 2007, 4:44 PM

Upset
Biggest upset ever? You decide.
After Thursday night's quartet of blowouts to start the season, not many college football experts or fans were expecting a huge upset on Saturday.

Appalachian State was.

The Mountaineers, riding a 14-game winning streak, walked into the Big House and handed No. 5 Michigan a 34-32 loss and sent a message to teams everywhere that hopes of a national championship can be put in doubt on any given weekend.

Where does this monumental upset rank all-time? We've compiled a list of shocking results going all the way back to 1913. Come up with your list and compare it to the rest of SportsNation!

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  • (Nov. 1, 1913) - Notre Dame 35, Army 13 - In a game that changed football, the Irish traveled east of Pittsburgh for the first time, with 18 players and 14 pairs of cleats. The pass-and-catch combination of Gus Dorais and Knute Rockne was key as Notre Dame put the forward pass on the map.
  • (Oct. 29, 1921) - Centre Coll. 6, Harvard 0 - Centre, representing a student body of 254, ended Harvard's 25-game unbeaten streak in front of 43,000 fans in Cambridge, Mass.
  • (Nov. 27, 1926) - Carnegie Tech 19, ND 0 - Overconfident Irish coach Knute Rockne skips the trip to Pittsburgh so he can attend the Army-Navy game in Chicago. Notre Dame assistant coach Hunk Anderson follows Rockne's gameplan, but the Tartans dominate from start to finish.
  • (Nov. 28, 1942) - Holy Cross 55, Boston Coll. 12 - After allowing just 19 points in its first eight games, Boston College gave up nearly three times as many in its finale, costing itself the national title by losing to the 4-4-1 Crusaders.
  • (Oct. 25, 1947) - Columbia 21, Army 20 - Army, the two-time defending national champs, saw its 32-game unbeaten streak end. Columbia rallies from down 20-7 in the fourth quarter, including a one-handed TD grab by Bill Swiacki for the final score.
  • (Dec. 2, 1950) - Navy 14, Army 2 - One game away from their third straight undefeated season, the Cadets, favored by 21 points, commit five turnovers including three inside the Navy 20-yard line.
  • (Nov. 16, 1957) - Notre Dame 7, Oklahoma 0 - Notre Dame snaps the Sooners' NCAA-record 47-game winning streak on a Dick Lynch 3-yard TD run with 3:50 left.
  • (Nov. 17, 1962) - Georgia Tech 7, Alabama 6 - Tech puts an end to the Tide's 26-game unbeaten streak. After Alabama's two-point conversion failed, they recover an onside kick. But Joe Namath is intercepted in the end zone to seal the Jackets' victory.
  • (Nov. 28, 1964) - USC 20, Notre Dame 17 - Notre Dame's national title hopes come to an end in its finale when the Irish surrenders a 17-0 halftime lead. The Trojans win it on a Craig Fertig TD pass to Rod Sherman with 1:33 left.
  • (Jan. 1, 1966) - UCLA 14, Michigan St. 12 - The Bruins avenge a season-opening loss to the 10-0 Spartans by jumping out to a 14-0 halftime lead and holding on when MSU misses a pair of two-point conversions in the fourth quarter.
  • (Nov. 22, 1969) - Michigan 24, Ohio St. 12 - The Wolverines snap Ohio State's 22-game win streak by intercepting Rex Kern six times. Michigan lost to Ohio State, 50-14, the previous year.
  • (Jan. 1, 1971) - Stanford 27, Ohio St. 17 - Jim Plunkett rallies the Cardinal with two TD passes, handing the Buckeyes their first defeat of the season and costing OSU a national title.
  • (Jan. 2, 1984) - Miami 31, Nebraska 30 - This Orange Bowl classic came down to a two-point conversion with Tom Osborne deciding to go for the win and his first national championship by going for two. The Hurricanes stop it and, in improbable fashion, jump all the way from No. 5 to win the title.
  • (Oct. 19, 1985) - Oregon St. 21, Washing. 20 - The 37-point underdog Beavers shock the Huskies when they block a punt and recover it for a touchdown to tie the game. The PAT provides the margin of victory for Oregon State, which had won just two games per year over the previous 14 years.
  • (Nov. 22, 1986) - California 17, Stanford 11 - Head coach Joe Kapp finishes his final season at Cal at 2-9 by defeating a Stanford team headed to a bowl for the first time in eight years.
  • (Nov. 20, 1993) - Boston College 41, Notre Dame 39 - B.C.'s David Gordon connects on a 41-yard field goal in the final seconds to dash Notre Dame's national championship hopes.
  • (Dec. 7, 1996) - Texas 37, Nebraska 27 - The Longhorns surprise Nebraska in the first-ever Big 12 championship game when James Brown hits Derek Lewis for 61 yards on a 4th-and-inches play, setting up the insurance touchdown.
  • (Sep. 11, 1998) - Mich. St. 28, Ohio St. 24 - Despite falling behind 24-9 early in the third quarter, the Spartans rally to stun Ohio State and knock the Buckeyes out of the national championship hunt.
  • (Nov. 7, 1998) - N.C. St. 24, Florida St. 7 - A top four team in each of the previous 11 seasons, FSU was no match for Torry Holt and the Wolfpack, a 25-point underdog, on the second weekend of the season.
  • (Oct. 17, 1998) - Temple 28, Va. Tech 24 - 5-0 Virginia Tech jumped out to a 17-0 lead on 0-5 Temple in a game the Hokies were favored by 35 1/2 points. The Owls roared back to win on the road against a defense that had allowed just 30 points total in its previous five games.
  • (Dec. 6, 2003) - Kansas St. 35, Oklahoma 7 -The Wildcats upset the 12-0 Sooners when they score the 35 unanswered points, led by 235 yards rushing from Darren Sproles and 4 TD passes from Ell Roberson.
  • (Jan. 3, 2003) - Ohio St. 31, Miami 24 (2 OT) - Ohio State wins its first outright national title since 1968 by ending Miami's 34-game unbeaten streak, albeit in the wake of a controversial call.
  • (Sep. 1, 2007) - App. St. 34, Michigan 32 - On opening weekend, Julian Rauch's 24-yard field goal with 26 seconds left and Corey Lynch's blocked field goal in the final seconds stunned the Wolverines in the Big House and extended the Mountaineers' win streak to 15 games.

 



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